Workforce development

Considerable progress has been made in Youth Justice (YJ) workforce development over the last 10 years. Increasingly, managers are seeking out experienced individuals from a range of backgrounds who can demonstrate the key skills needed in youth justice and where necessary, identifying additional training as appropriate.

It is clear there is a distinct set of youth justice skills, a well-defined body of knowledge and understanding with the workforce requiring accessible, high quality and accredited learning resources.

There is a well-established youth justice professional framework which is built upon the youth justice skills matrix and youth justice degree and this can have a significant impact on recruitment.

Whilst within youth justice teams, there is still the valuable fundamental multi-disciplinary base, there is a growing recognition that an effective team needs to have the right complementary mix of professionals who are highly skilled in engaging with often complex young people who offend.

This section will offer knowledge and information concerning professional development, professional progression as well as some toolkits on working effectively with those staff that are required to supervise other staff.

Summary: The dip sample audit and checklist used in Neath Port Talbot Youth Justice and Early Intervention Service to ensure consistency and staff development and learning.      Aims: Ensure consistency in working across the Service. Support staff with professional development.     Description: Attached is the dip sample audit report and checklist used by senior managers in Neath Port Talbot…
Summary: The YJB's 2021-2023 Workforce Development Strategy for the sector, as well as a template that youth justice services can use to outline their own Workforce Development Strategy     Description: The Workforce Development Strategy acknowledges that considerable progress has been made in Youth Justice (YJ) workforce development over the last 10 years. Increasingly, managers are seeking out experienced individuals…
Summary: The Youth Justice Skills Matrix identifies the core skills needed when working with children within the justice system.     Description: This Matrix is designed for the whole of the Youth Justice Workforce and can be used for job descriptions, appraisals, training needs analysis and restructures and is mapped to National Occupational Standards. It will be reviewed regularly to…
Summary:  A framework that Youth Justice Services can use to develop Learning and Development plans     Aims: Enable Youth Justice Services to identify relevant strengths and knowledge gaps in staff     Description: It is vital that learning and development plans are specific to the needs of an organisation; the YJB has developed a framework containing a series of…
Summary:  An induction checklist to make sure that new staff members in a Youth Justice environment are equipped with the basic tools needed for their role.      Aims: Enable Youth Justice staff to more smoothly ease into new roles     Description: It is often the case that moving into a new role can be a steep learning curve…
Summary:  Information concerning the Foundation Degree in Youth Justice.     Description: The Foundation Degree in Youth Justice with opportunities for progression to a BA honours is available for everyone who works in or wants to work in youth justice.
Summary: Infomation concerning the Youth Justice Practice Certificate.       Description: The Youth Justice Effective Practice Certificate (YJEPC) is a widely held qualification in youth justice. It brings together the most up-to-date thinking, knowledge, research and evidence about what works in this field. Please see attached flyer below for further information.
Summary: This skills audit tool has been designed to help youth justice practitioners to reflect on their practice, in particular to identify potential gaps in their knowledge, behaviours and skills and thereby to gain access to more targeted training.     Description: Youth justice practitioners come from a wide range of backgrounds and will have varying levels of knowledge in…
Summary:  Report by Kinetic concerning prison officers from Feltham Young Offenders Institute on placement with Kinetic team.     Description: Kinetic is a social enterprise that uses youth work methodologies to support children to improve their lives. Primarily, they deliver Youth Work Services for children in the secure estate. Kinetic's delivery report, ‘Kinetic Worker on Placement Project Pilot in HMYOI…
Summary: Examples of learning and development pathways developed by Kingston and Richmond YJS   Aims: For YJS to use in their workforce development planning.   Description: Richmond and Kingston Youth Justice Service have developed a learning and development pathway to support identifying training needs of staff.  The pathway consists of the following two documents: Anonymised Learning and Development Pathway Anonymised…
Summary:  Attached is a short description of some of the work undertaken by Oldham YJS in relation to Black Lives Matter and working with staff members. Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: n/a   Aims: To facilitate an open discussion with Youth Justice Service staff on issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement.     Description: The open forum was…
Summary:  Attached below are some examples and descriptions of workforce development from Sheffield, East Riding, Southwark, Trafford and Kinston and Richmond YJS.   Description: To help identify good workforce development practice, HMIP have identified five Youth Justice Services (Sheffield, East Riding, Southwark, Trafford and Kinston and Richmond YJS) which they consider to have positive cultures in workforce development. Attached below…
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